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Democrats Say White House Is Interfering As Russia Review Becomes A Criminal Case

Attorney General Bill Barr commissioned U.S. Attorney John Durham to look into the early phases of the Russia investigation. Democrats say he is turning the Justice Department into a political weapon.

The Justice Department's review of the origins of the Russia probe has become a criminal investigation, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to NPR.

It is unclear what prompted the shift from an administrative review to a formal criminal investigation, when the change took place or what potential crime is under investigation.

The change drew immediate criticism from Democrats, who have accused Attorney General William Barr of turning the Justice Department into a political weapon for President Trump.

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